: The Juche Idea: Kim Jong-il, Sung Kim, Daniela Kostova, Jung Yoon Lee, Oleg Mavromatti, Jim Finn: Movies & TV. On the Juche Idea has 29 ratings and 4 reviews. Grace said: The Juche idea is a new philosophical thought which centres on man. As the leader said, the. It is an official belief that the state’s second leader, Kim Jong Il, Grappling with juche, as well as Kim Jong Un’s innovation on its core ideas.

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On the Juche Idea by Kim Jong Il

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Translated as self-reliance, Juche is a hybrid of Confucian and authoritarian Stalinist pseudo-socialism. Finn is the undisputed champion juchee propaganda as pure art, and this is his best yet. He uses in tools of traditional documentary, formal avant-garde, language lesson videos, and some sci-fi recreations to dig down to the souls of governments, leaders and media manipulation.


No kitsch mockumentary, just careful analysis of the love of cinema that is as surreally funny as it is truth. Is there humanism within all those Written by Mike Plante. By virtue of his creativity, man transforms nature and society to be more useful and beneficial to him by changing the old and creating the new. The artist can consciously or unconsciously influence the world, for good or bad. It may be to uphold ul challenge social norms, such as marriage and family values.

Kim Jong Il on the Juche Idea

Or it may be more political, to give moral support to the troops or propound a specific ideology. When combined with a culture of censorship, whether legally-enforced or effected by market and cultural hubris, the effect is greatly multiplied. Extreme cases of Marxist or Nazi propaganda are offensive to Western sensibilities, but the issue is rarely discussed in depth unless fhe upon us.

Take the repressive regime of North Korea.

The quotation at the beginning of this review is part of the official ideology called Juche pronounced choo-CHAY. Reading the philosophy of Juche, one cannot but be impressed by its noble jucye. Its infusion of moral goodness into the arts.

The Juche Idea and the North Korean Future

It’s wondrous leadership potential. Jim Finn’s awkwardly placed film is unsettling by its approach as well as its subject matter. It seems to be a documentary about a media studies student completing a residency in North Korea.

How did she get there? Her background is mixed. Having spent her formative years in South Korea, and ths in America before settling in Japan.

Her work on arts projects and video has enabled her to secure a place in a North Korean establishment where she learns to make films in accordance with Juche. Her own political views are very mixed. The US is “always invading or threatening to invade someone. She must try harder to make films that “speak to the workers” and not to an “artistic elite.

The North Korean academics are equally interested in her isea in ‘capitalist’ countries. What’s it like, making a film there? Like building your own boat on a bay, she says. People are very helpful and contribute timber and advice. But when it’s launched no-one notices cos they’re all watching the cruise ship spread its bilge. Who exactly was this student?

Jonf felt as if I had missed an essential first five minutes. The film is a re-creation, or serious mockumentary, with original footage produced entirely within the Jucne. Added to the confusing mix are avant-garde techniques and language lesson videos ‘English as a Capitalist Language’ and ‘English as a Socialist Language’.

Does this reduce its value? Clips of mass celebration dances are from official North Korean sources. The quotations from Juche, frequently appearing on the screen, are authentic. Off-beat study of an off-beat cinematic closed circuit it certainly is. In the mid 60’s, Kim Jong Il adapted his father’s Juche philosophy to propaganda, film and art. Translated as self-reliance, Juche is like a mixture of Confucian and authoritarian Stalinist pseudo-socialism.


Excellence in film themes and stories is judged partly on how well they portray Juche, since this is unquestioningly accepted as the most enlightened approach. For instance, “conflicts should always be settled in accordance with the law of class struggle.

Except that the moral code of Juche seems to be universally respected within North Korea And it does also look very much more philosophically coherent than the rather patchwork Hays Code. Certain precepts seem almost to contain a Tthe crossover: Examples of om poetry and good cinema seem to suggest that it works. The sad reality is that, like communism, it sounds great but is a disaster in practice.

The concentration on ‘message’ eventually makes for sameness in even the most colourful of creations. One of the most dramatic state clips is of ‘Flesh Ring in Sea th Blood. My overall feeling was that North Korea is not as unsophisticated as we might think.

That we tend to trivialise or stereotype it just as it stereotypes us. The film seems to be a very worthwhile project that at least scratches the surface.

Yet it also gets a thw monotonous and its ambiguous ‘documentary’ status niggled me throughout. It is also an unusual and chic example of how elegant ideology bears no resemblance to the reality upon which it has inflicted jcuhe. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

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